The BMW Shorties Drives Film at Urbanscapes 2019 and Celebrates Record-High Short Film Submissions.

Malaysia’s most prestigious short film competition receives over 130 short films and will host its first regional film festival from 16th to 24th November 2019.

Kuala Lumpur, 23rd October 2019 – BMW Group Malaysia today revealed that the BMW Shorties programme has received over 130 short film submissions for its competition year 2019, the highest amount ever recorded in its 13-year history of discovering and supporting local talents in film and digital content creation.

“From the very beginning, we have seen remarkable talent emerge with visually stunning and creative interpretations of the themes we present every year and this year, we have received the most number of submissions for the competition. The BMW Shorties has provided and continues to provide support to the many creative minds here in Malaysia who have also gone on to create outstanding content of their own, garnering recognition internationally. We at BMW Group Malaysia are humbled to be a part of this process, empowering local creative talents to pursue their ambition in the film and digital content space,” said Sashi Ambi, Head of Corporate Communications, BMW Group Malaysia.

Ambi added that the premium automaker is also thrilled to be hosting Tayangan BMW Shorties at REXKL for Urbanscapes 2019, screening a diverse range of Southeast Asian films. He said, “The BMW Shorties is bringing films back to REXKL for a great whole week at Urbanscapes 2019. The REXKL was an iconic institution for films in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, and it is only fitting that we celebrate the BMW Shorties this year at this iconic venue.”

Tayangan BMW Shorties is a week-long event at REXKL featuring the works of many notable Southeast Asian directors across the region including past BMW Shorties winners – Zahir Omar’s Fly by Night and Shanjhey Kumar’s Jagat. The event will also feature five exciting workshops driven by local film industry leaders, such as director Adrian Teh (PASKAL: The Movie) and documentary-maker Indrani Kopal (Incarcerated Rhythm), both of whom are judges for BMW Shorties 2019.

The event will culminate with the BMW Shorties Awards Night on 23rd November 2019, where the 13th Grand Prize Winner will be announced. Awards for a range of supporting categories, including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Sound Design and the People’s Choice Award will be presented, along with a new category for Best Student Award.

Tayangan BMW Shorties.

The screening schedule is as below:

Date

Film Title and Director

Origin

Time

16 Nov

Fly By Night by Zahir Omar

Malaysia

8:00pm

17 Nov

Jagat by Shanjhey Kumar Perumal

Malaysia

4:30pm

Portrait of An Invisible Man by Mahen Bala

Malaysia

8:00pm

18 Nov

Cut by Royston Tan

Singapore

7:00pm

Forever Fever by Glen Goei

Singapore

7:30pm

Ring of Fury by Tony Yeow and James Sebastian

Singapore

9:00pm

19 Nov

Salvaj by John We Jun Cho

Malaysia

7:00pm

Shadowplay by Tony Pietra Arjuna

Malaysia

7:30pm

Songlap by Fariza Azlina and Effendee

Malaysia

9:30pm

21 Nov

A Millon Years by Danech San

Cambodia

7:00pm

Golden Slumbers by Davy Chou

Cambodia

7:30pm

Last Night I Saw You Smiling by Kavich Neang

Cambodia

9:30pm

22 Nov

Tuhau VS Zombie by Students and Teachers of SK Tampulan, Sabah

Malaysia

7:00pm

War of the Worlds: Goliath by Joe Pearson

Malaysia

7:30pm

KL24 Zombies by James Lee, Gavin Yap and Shamaine Othman

Malaysia

9:30pm

24 Nov

The Story of Kam Agong by Lawrence Jayaraj, Agnes Padan and Wong Chin Hor

Malaysia

3:30pm

Incarcerated Rhythm by Indrani Kopal

Malaysia

4:00pm

Pan de Salawal by Che Esperitu

Philippines

8:00pm

The workshop schedule is as below:

Date

Workshops

Time

16 Nov

The Do’s and Don’ts of Voice Acting by Gavin Yap (War of the Worlds: Goliath, Revenge of the Pontianak)

2:00pm

The Tayangan BMW Shorties Young Film Critics Workshop (students only) by Dr. Norman Yusoff, Faculty of Film, Theatre and Animation, UiTM

4:00pm

17 Nov

WIRA: Producing The Blockbuster Action Film! by Adrian Teh (Paskal, Wira)

2:00pm

Surviving Screenwriting for the Silver Screen by Anwari Ashraf (Polis Evo 1 & 2, Paskal, Wira)

4:00pm

24 Nov

Portraits in Motion: The Art of Slow-Motion Visual Storytelling by Paulius Staniunas, All Is Amazing, Same Same

4:00pm

For further information on the BMW Shorties, visit the official BMW Shorties website at www.bmwshorties.com.my or the official BMW Shorties Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bmwshorties and Instagram page at www.instagram.com/bmwshorties. For more information on Urbanscapes 2019, visit www.urbanscapes.com.my.